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Chapeau (bicorne)

Chapeau (bicorne)
Chapeau (bicorne)
Chapeau (bicorne)
Textile, feathers, metal
Overall: 5 3/4 x 15 1/2 x 7 in. ( 14.6 x 39.4 x 17.8 cm )
Black beaver (textile) chapeau with rigid crown with cock and fan tied together on either side; capsule-shaped cockade edged with pleated black silk, with embroidered insignia at center consisting of a shield surmounted by an eagle with "EXCELSIOR" on banner below; gold bullion tassel at each corner; black ostrich feathers on crest; black leather sweatband and purple silk lining.
Credit Line 
Gift of Miss Julia Armbruster
Object Number 
embroidered: on cockade: "EXCELSIOR" printed: on lining: "BAKER & McKENNEY, / MILITARY GOODS, / 141 / GRAND ST. / NEW-YORK."
Gallery Label 
According to the accession records, this chapeau was worn by John Meury (1827-1887), grandfather of the donor. Meury served as Chaplain of the Brooklyn-based 32nd Regiment of Infantry, New York State Militia, from November 11, 1881, until the time of his death.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group